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Ron Akeson (1957-2014) - Mission Well Done

X-Ray Magazine article |  
I don’t think a week ever went by where I didn’t hear Ron tell someone at his Bellingham dive store, “My motto in life follows the saying: growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” If you ever had the pleasure of knowing or meeting Ron Akeson, you probably understood how he viewed life, because he truly believed in trying to squeeze in every little bit of living into each and every day!
61 - Jul 2014 | Ron Akeson (1957-2014)

Ron Akeson dies following accident

article |  
It is with great sadness we have received the news that Ron, one of our most knowledgable contributors and long-standing friend of the house, has passed away following an accident last Thursday.

Virulent disease kills scores of sea stars

Article with video |  
A mysterious illness that first appeared in June in Washington state has now spread from Sitka, Alaska, to San Diego. The disease spread with astonishing speed — a healthy group of starfish can die in just 24 hours.

Harvest of Giant Pacific Octopus prohibited in Puget sound

Article with video |  
New rules prohibits the recreational harvest of giant Pacific octopuses at seven popular scuba diving sites in Puget Sound.

Crater Lake closed for diving

Article citing other sources |  
Threat of invasive species prompts Crater Lake National Park officials to temporarily close lake to scuba diving.

Pacific Ocean is 'caffeinated'

Article citing other sources |  
Elevated levels of caffeine found at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon

Beneath Cold Seas

Books & Media |  Beneath Cold Seas by New York based David Hall is a rare piece of art.

Alaska - Juneau to Sitka

X-Ray Magazine article |  
A dive trip to the U.S. State of Alaska is a true adventure, both above and below the surface. The rich green waters of the Pacific Northwest are full of life and photographic opportunities. The liveaboard dive boat, Nautilus Swell, is a great way to experience Southeast Alaska.
46 - Jan 2012 | Alaska - Juneau to Sitka

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival 2012

Press releases |  
Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society is celebrating their 26th year at the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, March 17-25th, 2012!

X-Ray Mag contributor Jack Connick expands photo store in Seattle

Press releases |  
Optical Ocean Sales, LLC is proud to announce it has expanded into a retail sales center conveniently located on Lake Union at 1800 Westlake Ave North, Suite 201 in Seattle, thus continuing it's 8 years of service to the diving community.
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